Lake Hartwell State Park RV & Campground Guide

South Carolina

Lake Hartwell State Park

is a recreational area located in Oconee County near the community of Fair Play, South Carolina. This 680-acre park features about 14 miles of shoreline on Lake Hartwell. The park is situated off the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway, and it serves as the gateway to South Carolina's mountain country and the wide range of hiking trails found there. Groundhogs, foxes, coyotes, skunks, and deer are just a few animal species that call this place home. Townville and Seneca, South Carolina, are two cities near the state park. 

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Weather
Spring 42-80 F
Summer 66-90 F
Fall 42-82 F
Winter 32-57 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Hartwell State Park

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Tiger Cove Campground

Tiger Cove Campground is situated directly on the beautiful Lake Hartwell and features 960 miles of shoreline for boating, fishing, and swimming. Tom Cove Grill is on the premises with live music and lakeside dining. The campground has spacious RV sites that can house fifth-wheels, travel trailers, and big rigs.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Boat ramp, dock, restrooms, and showers

Forest Spring Family Campground

Forest Spring Family Campground is nestled in a stand of majestic evergreens and offers 30 shady, spacious campsites. This 10-acre campground has reasonably level sites with ample room for slide-outs. On site is a community building that includes the camp store, indoor exercise equipment, and coin-operated washers and dryers.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes, but pets are not allowed in the campground buildings
  • Other amenities: Playground, satellite television, and horseshoe pit

Anderson/Lake Hartwell KOA

Anderson/Lake Hartwell KOA is equipped to house 65-foot RVs with multiple slide-outs. RV campers have the option of using the dump station or sewer hookup sites. Restaurants, shopping, whitewater rafting, hiking, and other attractions are within a short distance of the campground.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Dog park, cable TV, and swimming pool

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What to Do at
Lake Hartwell State Park

Inside Lake Hartwell State Park

Inside Lake Hartwell State Park, you can walk the 0.75-mile nature trail or hike through South Carolina's mountain countryside. Bird-watching is best along the park's nature trail, where owls, hawks, and other birds of prey live. There are two playgrounds with equipment for children to play on, with one being in the campground. Anglers are known to catch stripers, catfish, largemouth bass, bream, crappie, and hybrid bass in the lake. Other activities to do inside the state park are wildlife observing, swimming, and picnicking.

Outside Lake Hartwell State Park

Fair Play offers a great selection of restaurants from rustic barbecue spots to fine dining establishments. The shops offer a wide range of retail items and basic grocery supplies, and each market has a flavor all its own. You will find no shortage of attractions that celebrate the history of the area and that provide an educational look at this charming area of South Carolina. 

Restaurants

Gazebo Restaurant & Deli

This restaurant and deli is less than a mile from the state park off of Lakeside Circle. There is a great selection of home-cooked foods.

Type: American

Location: 15 Lakeside Circle, Fair Play, SC 29643

The Spotted Pig BBQ

The Spotted Pig BBQ is recognized for its tender smoked meats and mouth-watering sides. This South Carolina barbecue joint offers spicy mustard or sweet sauce to top off the taste of ribs, brisket, or pulled pork meats.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 15491 SC-11, Fair Play, SC 29643

Palmetto Pizza & Subs

This pizza shop is right off SC-11 and about 3 miles from the state park, making it very convenient to grab a pizza or sub on your way in. 

Type: Italian

Location: 17016 SC-11, Fair Play, SC 29643

Waldrops Landing Restaurant

The casual atmosphere at Waldrops Landing Restaurant provides a relaxed and family-friendly environment for all. The restaurant serves delicious foods for breakfast and lunch.

Type: American

Location: 1203 Andersonville Road, Townville, SC 29689

Townville Café

From the outside looking in, one might judge this place by the old building, but Townville Café provides a friendly service with delicious home-cooked meals at a great price. 

Type: American

Location: 6601 SC-24, Townville, SC 29689

Shopping

Applewood Shopping Center

Applewood Shopping Center has several clothing retail stores, a pet store, restaurants, and more.

Location: 285 Applewood Center Place, Seneca, SC 29678

Oconee Square Shopping Center

Although this is the oldest shopping center in Oconee County, it offers a great deal to the community, including a treatment center, pet store, grocery store, and hair salon. 

Location: 203 Oconee Square Drive, Seneca, SC 29678

Ingles Market

Ingles Market offers fresh produce, vegetables, and various meats. Organic and gluten-free products are available here. You'll also be able to refill your prescriptions at the pharmacy.

Location: 1049 East Main Street, Westminster, SC 29693

Marshalls

Marshalls has a wide range of attire for men, women, and children with some items offering a lower retail price. You can also find a great pair of shoes to go with your new outfit.

Location: 13330 Clemson Boulevard, Seneca, SC 29678

Dollar General

Dollar General offers a range of discounted groceries and other supplies and is located a few miles from the state park. Some items found here are baking supplies, milk, and beverages. Pet and cleaning supplies are sold here as well.

Location: 15515 SC-11, Fair Play, SC 29643

Sightseeing

Lunney Museum

Lunney Museum provides the community and vacationers with educational and cultural events. These programs give entertainment and intellectually engaging content. You can tour the museum and learn about the Lunney family history, Seneca's history, and rural Southern culture.

Location: 211 West South First Street, Seneca, SC 29678

Oconee History Museum

Explore the history of the Native Americans, railroads, agriculture, and immigration at Oconee History Museum. The exhibit hall here is a self-guided tour of Oconee's history with a walk-in Stumphouse Tunnel and more. This museum presents a vast collection of original artifacts from historical England's General Merchandise store.

Location: 123 Browns Square Drive, Walhalla, SC 29691

Ashtabula Historic House

Ashtabula Historic House is a charming two-story house that sits on 10 acres of open ground and that is about 3 miles east of Pendleton on South Carolina Highway 88. Several individuals owned the Ashtabula Plantation throughout history. In the 1960s, the Pendleton Historic Foundation acquired this property.

Location: 2725 Old Greenville Highway, Central, SC 29630

Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum

Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum interprets the past and present narratives of those who will impact generations to come. It's an exhibition museum that focuses on the region's culture, the rich, turbulent history of the area, and the role of local African Americans in shaping South Carolina. Visitors walk away with something they have learned from the past after experiencing the exhibits and events held here.

Location: 208 West South Second Street, Seneca, SC 29678

Chickasaw Point Golf Club

Chickasaw Point Golf Club is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers many different elevation changes. It is an 18-hole, par-72 public course with a unique layout and picturesque scenery, making it ideal for any golfer's skill level. There is a driving range for practicing and warming up on different types of greens.

Location: 503 South Hogan Drive, Westminster, SC 29693

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How to Get to
Lake Hartwell State Park

If you're traveling from Fair Play, SC, you'll want to head south on SC-59 South toward Lola Drive. Turn right onto the ramp to Atlanta, and then merge onto I-85 South. Go for 1.3 miles, and then take exit 1 to merge onto SC-11 North toward Walhalla. Follow signs to Lake Hartwell State Park.

Entering Lake Hartwell State Park

Lake Hartwell State Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. 

Per adult ages 18-64 : $3

Per adult 65 and up : $2

Per child ages 6-15 : $1

Per child ages 0-5 : $0

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